Parents Perspective

12 Halloween Happenings for Families Around the Country

Scare up some fun at one of these family-friendly Halloween events!

Hersheypark Treatville Courtesy of Hersheypark
Do your kids love Halloween? Bring your little pumpkins to one of these family-friendly events—they'll get to wear their costumes!

  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (running through November 1). At Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, guests can trick-or-treat, catch the "Boo-to-You" Halloween parade or Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and stay for the bewitching "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks.
  • Hersheypark In The Dark (Fridays to Sundays in October) At this theme park in central Pennsylvania, kids ages 12 and under can stroll through 13 stops of the Trick-Or-Treat Trail to get pieces of Hershey’s candy. Plus, there are flashlight tours of ZooAmerica, entertainment, and 13 coasters to ride, including the park's funhouse-themed indoor coaster, Laff Trakk. During October, the ride on Laff Trakk will be in darkness.
  • SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular (select days through October 29 in Orlando and San Diego) Kids can show up in costume and take part in trick-or-treating in the park. In Orlando, families will enjoy a Halloween dance party and Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween show while the San Diego location features a Halloween-themed sea lion and otter show. The events are included in park admission; one child ages 3 to 9 gets in free to the San Diego location in October when a full-price adult ticket is purchased. 
  • Legoland's Brick-Or-Treat (select days through October 28 in California, and October 31 in Florida). A costume search, nightly fireworks, and Halloween characters meet and greets are just a sliver of the fun at Legoland Florida. Astro Bash Dance Party and a huge trick-or-treat trail aren't to be missed at Legoland California Resort.
  • Morgan's Wonderland More Delightful Than Frightful Halloween (October 31) At this San Antonio park that brings kids with and without special needs together, little ghosts and goblins can go trick or treating, get their face painted, and enjoy rides, like a carousel and train, that are accessible to everyone.
  • Dorney Park's The Great Pumpkin Fest (weekends through October 29). Paint a pumpkin at Linus' Pumpkin Patch, visit favorite farm animals at Peppermint Patty's Petting Zoo, and make a mask with Charlie Brown at this theme park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 90 minutes from New York City.
  • Sesame Place's The Counts Halloween Spooktacular (on select dates through October 29) Three Halloween shows, a parade with 10 floats, a maze, and a hayride are among the silly, not-to-spooky fun at this park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular (running through November 5) In Providence, Rhode Island, stroll through this nighttime display of more than 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns plus 100 pumpkins carved into works of art.
  • Great Wolf Lodge's Howl-A-Ween (running through October 31) This chain of indoor waterparks offers Monster Bash dance parties, storytimes that are just a "boo bit" scary, costume parades, and a trick-or-treat trail in addition to its usual water-ride awesomeness. Check your nearest locations for the details.
  • Kalahari Resorts & Conventions’ Scare-Tastic Halloween (October 28-29) A campfire, wagon rides, monster face-painting, a costume contest, and trick or treating add to the fun at the country’s largest indoor waterpark. Check your nearest location for details. 
  • Boo At The Zoo Many zoos around the country offer Halloween-themed events. Some faves: In Chicago, Lincoln Park Spooky Zoo Spectacular (October 28, with trick or treating and kids' tunes); in Washington, DC, National Zoo's Boo at the Zoo (October 20-22, with 40 treat stations, animal demos, magicians, and jugglers).

Karen Cicero is Contributing Nutrition and Travel Editor at Parents. Find her on Twitter or on Instagram.